the conference hall of Kakatiya Sheraton was glowing with the
glitters of big stalwarts like Chiranjeevi and Rajanikanth who
came together for the audio release of Rajanikanth's new movie
Baba. Everything looked so perfect except our timing. By the time
we entered the conference hall, Megastar Chiranjeevi had already
released the audio of BABA and Rajnikanth was about to conclude
his speech. Time and tide wait for no man. Well, it was proved
again here, giving us lessons to set our clocks properly not to
miss out on such spectacular functions. But hey, we did manage
to capture important chunk of the excitement for you guys
When we stepped
in to Hyder Mahal, Rajnikanth was talking about the sensation
created by Indra at the box office and concluded by saying that
there are only two charismatic and popular superstars in India
and they are none other than Amitabh Bachchan and our very own
was asked to talk on this occasion. Chiranjeevi spoke at length
about how directly and indirectly Rajnikanth helped him to be
what he is today. He narrated a few experiences, which he said;
he was sharing for the first time with everybody. So continue
reading for some interesting anecdotes brought to you exclusively
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Chiranjeevi joined the Film Institute in Madras, he used to
observe a lot of other students who were doing exceptionally
well and used to get depressed. At that time, he used to watch
Rajnikanth's films. Rajnikanth is about 4-5 years senior to
Chiranjeevi. Chiranjeevi used to feel that he might not get
selected to act in movies as he is not good looking and is not
fair skinned. Rajnikanth inspired him in that aspect. Chiranjeevi
used to work with more vigor to outcome those obstacles.
2. After getting into films, Chiranjeevi was asked by K Bala
Chandar (KB) to do a negative role in a film titled 'Anthuleni
Katha', which was a remake of Tamil film. Chiranjeevi was
asked to do the Telugu version of Tamil's Rajnikanth's role.
Chiranjeevi hesitated to do that role as he felt Rajni did a
terrific job in the original. There is one particular 300-feet
length scene that had to be finished in one continuous take.
Though shooting started at 1 pm, Chiranjeevi went to location
early in the morning and kept on doing rehearsals. When KB shot
the scene at 1 pm, Chiranjeevi failed to deliver the goods.
KB asked Chiranjeevi to concentrate and do it again at 3 pm.
Chiranjeevi, who was so tensed to do that scene when KB was
around, did it perfectly when KB was not around. That shot was
okayed after many takes. Then the assistant director told Chiranjeevi
that KB wanted to see him. Chiranjeevi decided that he might
not be fit for acting and if KB fires him, he had to go back
to Nellore. But KB told him that Chiranjeevi had indeed done
a good work. And that with some improvement he could excel.
When Chiranjeevi expressed his doubts as to how Rajnikanth could
manage that shot so perfectly, then KB gave out a hearty laugh
and said that Rajni was doing the takes till 9 pm and that Chiranjeevi
could complete it by 7 pm. That way, Chiranjeevi used to set
Rajnikanth as a parameter.
3. When Athaku Yamudu Ammayiki Mogudu was remade in Tamil
as 'Maa Pillai' by Geeta arts with Rajanikanth as hero,
he insisted that Chiranjeevi should do a guest role in it. Chiranjeevi
did a fight scene in that film and it brought enormous popularity
in Tamilnadu as Chiranjeevi acted in it.
4. Gharana Modugu and Mannan flagged off their
shooting on the same day and both films were made with same
story. When Muhurtam shot was being canned for Gharana Modugu,
Chiranjeevi felt that since Rajnikanth was doing the Tamil version,
he should work hard to match the might of Rajni 'style'. With
that competitive spirit, he made the entire crew wait for a
couple of hours and tried different mannerisms from which Chiranjeevi's
most popular 'namaste mastaaru' (with a single hand salute)
and 'face turning ichuko' were born.
5. During the shooting of Indra, Chiranjeevi went to Swiss to
shoot a couple of songs. Rajnikanth was also shooting BABA out
there. Chiru had a day off from shooting, he visited Rajnikanth.
After listening to the story, Chiranjeevi was very much delighted.
On listening to the dialogues of the movie, which had many mass
dialogues, Chiranjeevi asked Rajnikanth as to how come Rajni
could utter such mass dialogues when he is in such a top position
of influencing everything including the selection of Governments.
Then Rajnikanth said that comman man always loves those dialogues
that are very mass and they work out well if hero (being the
noble warrior) attacks villain (an evil harbinger) verbally
with more mass oriented dialogues. With that advice, when returned
back to India, Chiranjeevi asked Paruchuri brothers to rework
on dialogues aspect. That's the reason why people find mass
oriented ferocious dialogues in the second half of Indra.
This is what
Chiranjeevi had to say about how Rajnikanth helped him in his
career directly and indirectly. At that same time Chiranjeevi
mentioned that he wouldn't accept the compliment that Chiranjeevi
and Amitabh are the only superstars of India. Chiranjeevi, with
uttermost honesty and humility, said that Rajnikanth and Amitabh
are the real superstars of Indian film industry.
DVS Raju and
BV Reddy (President of Chamber of Commerce) also spoke at length
about Baba and Rajnikanth.